Glu-Stix

Hot Melt Glue Guns, Glue Sticks, and Accessories

Category: Projects

Jewelling with Hot Melt Glue

One of the best things about hot melt glue is its ability to thoroughly secure three-dimensional objects to any base without those objects eventually prying loose. Unlike school glue, rubber cement or other cold glues that allow the heavier materials to slip and slide out of position, hot melt glue holds them fast at any angle without streaking or breaking.

You’ll Need:

Wipe the jewels down with a clean cloth rag to make sure all dust and residue is removed from the surface.

Heat the Detailer Mini Glue Gun. (You can use any other glue gun, by the way, just make sure to choose a small nozzle from the Glue Gun Nozzles set, so that your detail work remains pristine.) Gently insert the Jewelry Hot Melt Glue Sticks and test the stream of glue on the rag, so that the glue dispenses evenly as you dot your small gems with it.

Apply a dot of glue to the fabric or other surface of your choice, then quickly press whichever jewel you’re using first into the glue. The pressure should be gentle but firm. Keep your fingers still as the glue dries. This should take just seconds. Repeat this process until your base is covered to your satisfaction.

NOTE: If you are placing a jewel inside a jewelry base, make sure it fits correctly first. You may want to visit a local jeweler to double check that you got the sizes right. A mismatched jewel will look odd in a ring, necklace or earring setting, even if the glue is strong enough to keep it in place forever.

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Photo Matting Made Easy

Matting precious photographs is onerous detail work that can be stressful due to its permanence. One glue bubble, one mis-stick and your pictures are ruined forever. Now you can avoid the precarious nature of such a craft.

You’ll Need:

Line your photo up to its matting so that the mount covers only a quarter inch of the picture on all sides. Make sure it’s straight, then tape the photo gently to the matting on three sides to temporarily secure it and hold it steady as you glue.

Heat your Photo Mount Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Gun. This won’t take long. The low temperature allows for quick heating time and delicate maneuverability. Place the Super Low Temp. Mini Glue Stick into the back of the gun and push it gently forward. Test the stream of glue on scrap paper to figure out how much pressure you’ll need to exert for the perfect photo mount without damaging your final product.

Lift the edge of the picture not secured with tape and apply one thin straight line of glue to the matting below, where the photo will attach. Gently press the picture down, pushing your fingers in a spreading motion toward the outside of the photo. This way, if you have accidentally used too much glue even after the test, that excess will not show. Repeat for the remaining three sides of the photo, gently removing the tape one section at a time.

Place the matted photo in a frame of your choice. It should fit right in the correctly sized frame and no glue will be necessary. Hang your framed memory on the wall or rest it on a table top for all to enjoy.

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